Famous Friends Remember Amy Winehouse

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The ripples from the untimely death of singer Amy Winehouse are still being felt across the entertainment community.

Actor and comedian Russell Brand, who is a recovering former drug addict who has been very open about his struggles with controlled substances, penned a tribute to Winehouse on his official web site. In the tribute, he recalls watching the 27 year-old perform live.

"Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe," writes Brand. "The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened”

Winehouse's passing also sparked a torrent of condolences on Twitter and other media from fellow musicians, including Elton John, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, and Kelly Clarkson.

Tony Bennett, who recorded the song "Body and Soul" alongside Winehouse, spoke to US weekly, telling the magazine that he was "devastated" by the news.

“When we recorded together, she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance,” said Bennett. “I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her.”

“It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling and I send my deepest sympathy to her father Mitchell, her entire family and all of those who loved her."

Singer M.I.A tweeted an unfinished demo song called "27," which she dedicated to Winehouse. The song talks about the many musicians - including Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain - who died at the age of 27.

Kelly Osbourne, who had been close friends with Winehouse, expressed her feelings via Twitter, writing, "“i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”

When followers questioned whether or not Osbourne had made efforts to help Winehouse with her addictions, the reality show star fired back angrily.

“are you f****** kidding me you have NO idea what you are talking about!," wrote Osbourne. "it would be in your best interest to shut the f*** up!”

Winehouse's funeral is currently on hold pending the results of an investigation into the cause of death.

Selected Reading: MSNBC, US Weekly, RussellBrand.tv

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